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Arthro-Pod is a podcast dedicated to examining insects through both a scientific and cultural lense

Arthro-Pod Jonathan Larson

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Arthro-Pod is a podcast dedicated to examining insects through both a scientific and cultural lense

    Arthro-Pod EP 88: Periodical cicada BROOD X Quiz Bowl!

    Arthro-Pod EP 88: Periodical cicada BROOD X Quiz Bowl!

     The Arthro-Pod crew is super excited about the emergence of the periodical cicadas known as Brood X this year! To celebrate Jody created a quiz competition for Mike and Jonathan to face off through! The questions can be found on Kahoot if you would like to give it a shot! Just look for the Periodical Cicada Quiz with 26 questions. Tune in to learn about the cicadas coming out this year and get excited to go find them! The cicadas are here! Photo by Daniel Herms, The Ohio State University, Bugwood.org  Show notes Periodical Cicadas the Brood X Edition by Gene Kritsky Check out this Scientific American article that talks about the important contributions of Margaretta Hare Morris to our understanding of cicadas The University of Connecticut houses a lot of great info on the distribution of cicadas o   https://cicadas.uconn.edu/broods/  Cicada Mania is a resource everyone should check out if they are interested in these awesome creatures. In particular look at their pages on cicada biology/natural history and discussions on the broods o   https://www.cicadamania.com/cicadas/how-many-kinds-of-cicadas-are-there/ Finally, please consider downloading and using the Cicada Safari app if you get to go out and look for these screaming teenage bugs!Questions? Comments? Follow the show on Twitter @Arthro_PodshowFollow the hosts on Twitter @bugmanjon, @JodyBugsmeUNL, and @MSkvarla36Get the show through Apple Podcasts!Subscribe to our feed on Feedburner!   We're also on Stitcher! This episode is freely available on archive.org and is licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Beginning/ending theme: "There It Is" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

    Arthro-Pod EP 87: Napoleon versus Insects Part 2

    Arthro-Pod EP 87: Napoleon versus Insects Part 2

     Hello everyone and welcome back to Arthro-Pod! On today's show, we enter Egypt in part two of our four part series on the history of insects messing with Napoleon. This one has it all, imperialism, plague, war, and intriguing ideas on the origins of issues with the Black Death. Tune in to learn more!Map of Ottoman Egypt and Syria, showing cities where major events happened during the French Invasion. From The Historical Atlas by William R. Shepherd (1926).  Via wikimedia, in the public domain.  The Battle of the Pyramids (1808) by Louis-François Lejeune, who was a French general, painter, and lithographer. While Lejeune was not present at the battle and the painting is stylized, his military training informs many aspects of the piece, including the accurate depiction of the French square and the far distance to the pyramids, which were often made to appear much closer by other painters. Via wikimedia, in the public domain. Battle of the Nile, Augt 1st 1798, by Thomas Whitcombe,  published as plate 26 in James Jenkin's Naval Achievements of Great Britain from the Year 1793 to 1817. The British fleet under Admiral Horatio Nelson bears down upon the anchored French fleet in Abukir Bay.  Via wikimedia, in the public domain. The Destruction of "L'Orient" at the Battle of the Nile, 1 August 1798, by George Arnald (1825-27).  Via wikimedia, in the public domain. Napoleon in Cairo, by Jean-Léon Gérôme (1863).  Via wikimedia, in the public domain. Napoleon visiting the plague victims of Jaffa by Antoine-Jean Gros (1804).   Via wikimedia, in the public domain. La Bataille du mont Tabor, en Syrie, le 27 germinal an VI by Louis François Lejeune (1808).  Via wikimedia, in the public domain. Photograph of buboes on the leg of a person who has contracted bubonic plague. Via the CDC Public Health Library, in the public domain. Oriental rat flea (Xenopsylla cheopsis), one of the main vectors of plague bacteria. Micrograph by James Gathany, CDC. Image in the public domain. Human  louse (Pediculus humanus), which was an important vector of plague bacteria during the Black Death, which swept across Europe. A black rat (Rattus rattus), which was the main host of plague bacteria on ships during the three Plague Pandemics, showing off the arboreal nature of the species. Questions? Comments? Follow the show on Twitter @Arthro_PodshowFollow the hosts on Twitter @bugmanjon, @JodyBugsmeUNL, and @MSkvarla36Get the show through Apple Podcasts!Subscribe to our feed on Feedburner!   We're also on Stitcher! This episode is freely available on archive.org and is licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Beginning/ending theme: "There It Is" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

    Arthro-Pod EP 86: Conserving the American Burying Beetle with Dr. Carmen Greenwood

    Arthro-Pod EP 86: Conserving the American Burying Beetle with Dr. Carmen Greenwood

     Hello bug lovers! Today we're happy to welcome Dr. Carmen Greenwood of SUNY Cobleskill to the show. Dr. Greenwood recently received funding to help reintroduce the American burying beetle to New York state and this is a very exciting development in the conservation of this amazing insect. Tune in to learn about the history of the American burying beetle, its unique biology, and what steps are involved in a conservation project like this! Show NotesPress release on the grant: https://web.cobleskill.edu/media/2021/02/10/suny-cobleskill-receives-grant-from-u-s-fish-and-wildlife-service-to-reintroduce-american-burying-beetle-in-new-york-state/ American burying beetle info: https://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/7124.html Questions? Comments? Follow the show on Twitter @Arthro_PodshowFollow the hosts on Twitter @bugmanjon, @JodyBugsmeUNL, and @MSkvarla36Get the show through Apple Podcasts!Subscribe to our feed on Feedburner!   We're also on Stitcher! This episode is freely available on archive.org and is licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Beginning/ending theme: "There It Is" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

    Arthro-Pod EP 85: Napoleon versus Insects Part 1

    Arthro-Pod EP 85: Napoleon versus Insects Part 1

      Hello bug lovers! Today is the first part in a multi-part series that will focus on the history of Napoleon Bonaparte and his very special interactions with insects and the pathogens they may harbor. This is a labor of love from host Michael Skvarla and this first episode is a prelude of sorts. Tune in to learn about the context in which Napoleon ascends to power, thus being informed for the future episodes that will have more entomology flavor to them.  Portrait of Napoleon Bonaparte in 1792,  aged 23, as lieutenant-colonel of a battalion of Corsican Republican volunteers, by Henri Félix Emmanuel Philippoteaux. Show notes and images James Gillray's policital cartoons helped cement the image of Napoleon as a short, angry man in the public imagination. Shown here is "Maniac-raving's-or-Little Boney in a strong fit", which is characteristic of Gillray's depictions of Napoleon. Portrait of King Louis XVI by Antoine-François Callet. The regional Parlements in 1789. Note the extreme differences in size between the various Parlements. Opening of the Estates General on May 5, 1789 in the Grands Salles des Menus-Plaisirs in Versailles The storming of the Bastille, an important turning point during the French Revolution. By Jean-Pierre Houël. King Louis XVI and his family, dressed as bourgeois, arrested during the Flight to Varrens. By Thomas Falcon Marshall. Bonaparte at the Siege of Toulon, 1793, by Édouard Detaille. Napoleon quelling of the Royalist revolt of 13 Vendémiaire using well-placed cannon fire and a "whiff of grapeshot". By Charles Monnet. Napoleon at the Battle of Rivoli, one of the most important battles during the Italian campaign. Painting by Henri Félix Emmanuel Philippoteaux, 1845. Questions? Comments? Follow the show on Twitter @Arthro_PodshowFollow the hosts on Twitter @bugmanjon, @JodyBugsmeUNL, and @MSkvarla36Get the show through Apple Podcasts!Subscribe to our feed on Feedburner!   We're also on Stitcher! This episode is freely available on archive.org and is licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Beginning/ending theme: "There It Is" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

    Arthro-Pod EP 84: Pollinator Health with Judy Wu-Smart

    Arthro-Pod EP 84: Pollinator Health with Judy Wu-Smart

      Hello bug lovers! Join us today as we meet up with Dr. Judy Wu-Smart of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to talk about her work with pollinator health. Dr. Wu-Smart runs the Bee Lab at UNL and is focused on mitigating stresses on honey bee hives and developing practical advice for beekeepers to use. She's also been in the news lately and we'll talk all about that experience. Tune in! Show Notes: UNL Bee Lab: https://entomology.unl.edu/bee-labFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/unlbeelab/ Great Plains Anywhere Lecturehttps://mediahub.unl.edu/media/14994 Judy Wu-Smart: UNL Directory: https://entomology.unl.edu/faculty/dr-judy-wu-smartInstagram: @hapbeeladyTwitter: @JudyWuSmart1  Article: https://journalstar.com/news/local/chemicals-dont-just-disappear-persistence-by-researchers-residents-uncovers-pesticide-contamination-at-mead-plant/article_8d31dc75-dcdf-5ed5-b263-c4e158b4a11c.html

    Arthro-Pod EP 83: My Pheromones Bring all the Bugs to the Yard

    Arthro-Pod EP 83: My Pheromones Bring all the Bugs to the Yard

      Hello bug lovers! On today's episode of Arthro-Pod the crew reunites after taking a small sabbatical and they are excited to bring you more entomology podcast fun.  This episode focuses on pheromones in insects. Pheromones play an important role in the success of many different species of insect. We cover the basics of why insects use them, what the various kinds are, and how we have adapted these chemical cues to our own pest control ends.  Tune in! Image courtesy of: https://www.mdpi.com/2075-4450/5/2/399/htm Show Notes https://www.si.edu/spotlight/buginfo/pheromoneshttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PheromoneCommunication systems in insectsRecent work done at Penn State by former PhD student Anjel Helmshttps://cals.arizona.edu/yavapai/anr/hort/byg/archive/pheromones2012.htmlhttps://www.researchgate.net/publication/267512282_Use_of_Pheromones_in_Insect_Pest_Management_with_Special_Attention_to_Weevil_Pheromones Questions? Comments? Follow the show on Twitter @Arthro_PodshowFollow the hosts on Twitter @bugmanjon, @JodyBugsmeUNL, and @MSkvarla36Get the show through Apple Podcasts!Subscribe to our feed on Feedburner!   We're also on Stitcher! This episode is freely available on archive.org and is licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Beginning/ending theme: "There It Is" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

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AMAZING ENTOMOLOGY PODCAST

I have finally found a podcast that strikes my interest and my passion for Insects and Arthropoda! I am so glad this came out because I was getting very bored of other podcasts but then THIS came out and I was very happy! I listen to this constantly and enjoy it!

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My new favorite podcast!

I just discovered this podcast and I absolutely love it!! Very relatable and easy to listen to, but lots of good information! I like how there are frequent guests on the show.

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Bee Venom Theraphy

You guys need to study up more and speak with actual beekeepers, because there were several talking points on this episode that are incorrect about honeybees. I was hoping to learn something from this podcast. For one, queens do have a stinger and can sting, however it’s very uncommon and hard for them to sting us due to the size of their abdomen. They will sting other queen bees to kill their competitors. Another point, is worker bees can lay eggs and actually make drone brood (male bees). They are not technically sterile. Also, bees are not defensive of themselves away from the hive when foraging for nectar and pollen, they will be defensive of their hive, but you really have to mess with the hive or be to close after dusk before they defend. Random occurring bee stings away from a hive are accidental, not intentional on the bees behalf I.e. stepping on a bee, swatting a bee or placing your hand on a bee. Come on guys!

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